Athletic apparel and footwear retailer JJB Sports has posted a lower pre-tax profit of £67.8 million for fiscal 2003, compared with £77.3m in the previous year.

The company also reported a fall in same-store turnover of three per cent for the 12-month period.

Total turnover for the year, however, rose 0.3 per cent year-on-year to £771.8m.

According to JJB chairman David Whelan, the poor results were largely due to the company's apparel offering.

"JJB's clothing category remains the most challenging part of its business and concerted efforts are being made to improve the ranges," he said.

"However, JJB's other product categories remain resilient and should contribute higher levels of profit."

Whelan said the company would benefit from increased turnover in fiscal 2004 thanks to replica shirt sales for the Euro 2004 football tournament.